December 14, 2015
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OSHA Compliance: Two-day course on avoiding hazards, compliance with regulations

AWB is now accepting registrations for a two-day OSHA 10-Hour Compliance Course to be held Feb. 2-3 at AWB.

During this two-day course, participants will learn:

  • How OSHA and state rules complement each other in Washington and Oregon.
  • How to communicate hazard awareness to their employees and employers.
  • How to identify, avoid and prevent hazardous situations.
  • How accountability and negligence can create a personal jeopardy for individuals.
  • How to comply with safety rules regarding fire safety, egress, personal protective equipment and more.
  • How to comply with the new global harmonization system rules for chemicals in the workplace.

Joe Teeples of We’re Into Safety will teach the course. At completion, participants will receive an official course completion card from the U.S. Department of Labor – a useful thing to have during an inspection.

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Leading Without New Top-Down Mandates

Recognize success industries are having in cutting CO2

By Kris Johnson, AWB president, and Daren Konopaski, vice president and business manager for the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 302

It is true this year's drought and wildfire season wreaked havoc on the state, a point that Gov. Jay Inslee makes while promoting his government-centric carbon emissions reduction plan. But the governor's labeling of those who disagree with the details of his plan as "fear mongers" is not fair.

There is no denying there is more work ahead, but there is also no denying that Washington employers and their employees are already leading the way toward the cleaner future that Gov. Inslee -- and frankly all Washingtonians -- so strongly desire.

Gov. Inslee has continued to say "it's time to lead," but Washington employers and employees are already leading the way toward environmental solutions that work -- without top-down, bureaucratic mandates that raise taxes on everyday citizens but don't solve the problem.

Click here to read the full op-ed in The Herald
Delays Hurt Workers and Economy

State should speed up permits for export docks

By Sen. Tim Sheldon, D-Potlatch

While our neighbors to the north and south of Washington watch their port infrastructure grow and flourish, our state -- the most export-dependent in the nation -- is improbably holding up billions of dollars in private infrastructure development that would only help us compete with California and Canada.

The delay with regard to the export terminal expansions in Bellingham and Longview is patently unacceptable. Proposed projects and potential investments in this state should benefit from a fair, timely and predictable review process. Yet that is not the case with these projects, whose review has been in process for three years and subject to numerous, ongoing delays.

It is one thing to politically disagree with these projects on the basis of exporting a particular commodity -- in this case, coal -- and to express concern over the environmental standards to which these projects must adhere. It is quite another to attempt to bind these projects with endless government bureaucracy and red tape in hopes that the investors will give up and go elsewhere. Our competition is ready and willing to accept new business and is making the needed investments to do so.
Click here to read the full column in The Olympian
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